- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - Kelly Clarkson and fun. earned two early Grammy Award nominations by joining a jam-packed field for record of the year.

The category includes a hefty six nominees, each of which was inescapable over the last year. The list includes Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” fun.’s “We Are Young,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring Kimbra, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” and Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.”

Clarkson and fun. also were nominated in the best pop vocal album category announced Wednesday night at the top of the Grammy’s nominations concert, aired live from Nashville for the first time.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Early nominees Maroon 5 and fun. had a prime-time platform to woo voters during the Grammy Awards nominations concert television special.

The two bands were among the first round of nominees announced on the show Wednesday night and also were slated to perform. Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” and fun.’s “Some Nights” were joined on the list by Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” Florence & The Machine’s “Ceremonials” and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” in the best pop vocal album of the year category. Country artist Hunter Hayes announced the category by singing snippets from each nominee.

The Recording Academy announced the nominations live from Nashville during a show that featured Taylor Swift beat-boxing for co-host LL Cool J and a tribute to Johnny Cash by Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry to celebrate the show’s first airing from Music City.





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